Hi everyone - how goes it?
Here is my situtation currently…
Have been working at a Buxiban for the last month or 2 in Taichung county.
I have been staying here under a 60 day visitor visa, which has been extended by 1 month already (cost the school 2000 NT)
They have been ‘doing the paperwork’ since I started work here, and went to lodge my ARC (?) application a few weeks ago.
Guess who had a passport with only 6 months left on it?
So - after a whirlwind trip to the Aussie consulate in Taipei (fantastic people - I was very surprised after the robots at the Taiwan embassy in Thailand), I lodged a new 10 year passport application and jumped on the deathtrap bus back to my home town.
Fast forward 10 days, and I call the embassy to check on the progress of my new passport. It turns out that they havent received the photos that I sent in seperately to my application. So, I have promised to send another 2 today via express post.
My problem is - the 1 month extension on my 60 day visitor visa expires next Monday (30th April)
Even if the embassy in Taipei can get my photos tomorrow and somehow issue a new passport in under 5 business days (Im dreaming here…), Im pretty sure that my boss wont be able to lodge and receive my ARC before the 30th of April.
So my questions are…
- Do you think they could extend my visitor visa for another month?
- Will I need to leave the country and do a visa run (expensive)
- How long does an ARC application take anyhow?
My boss has already received a permission to work letter or something… So that part of the application is all done, plus I did my health check last month too
Any help or advice gladly appreciated
Good day to you!